For those who know me, you all know how much I loathe the open seas. I am scared of it and would always just admire it from afar. Almost everyone I know would jump for joy at the mention of a beach outing and I'm like, "blah. Time to take some photos."
Don't get me wrong. I find the beach very beautiful but I could never fully enjoy it since I did not know how to swim. I have also drowned in the past and so I have an inane fear of the ocean or any body of water actually.
Last week, my family and I went on a family outing and it was at a dive resort in Batangas. On the first day, I did not join them as they went snorkeling because I had an upset stomach. On the second day, I did join but it was to take photos of everyone as they jump into the water and look at the fishies in the ocean.
My son is a lot braver than I am. So when he and my Mom jumped, I felt a little courage to jump as well. I figured that my brothers were there, I have a life jacket, and my Mom wouldn't let anything bad happen to me. Besides, how can I teach my son to be brave if I can't be brave myself?
So I prayed and trusted the people around me then jumped into the water. It was the scariest and most exhilarating feeling that I have ever had. Wading in 30 feet of water out in the open sea was my idea of a nightmare and to have done that willingly, without being forced by family or friends was just plain awesome.
Seeing the fishes under the water was just so amazing. It was mesmerizing. I was so amazed because this was the first time that I have ever seen something like this. If I were going to be honest, I wanted to stay there forever, just looking at the fishes swimming peacefully. Now I understand why people like being in the ocean.
My brother even took me to the deeper parts and more open sea. He just told me to not panic, hold my head down the water, and just keep looking. He had my hand the whole time and I realized that I trust my brothers 100% completely because I never even flinched. It was a pretty awesome moment.
|my sister and I with our sons|
|my sisters and I|
|my Mom and siblings|